A Straightforward Way to Think about the Bible and Science
by Jeff Myers
The National Academy of Sciences defines science as “the use of evidence to construct testable explanation and prediction of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process” and holds that “scientists gather information by observing the natural world and conducting experiments.” 1 Science assumes that nature operates in a predictable, stable manner and that the results we obtain in any given case will yield similar results under similar conditions. This assumption about the orderliness and predictability of nature—indeed a great many of science’s underlying assumptions—is based on principles that early scientists believed because they believed in the God of the Bible.
The Bible and Science
This is not to say that the Bible is a book of science. It’s bigger than that. The Bible, as we saw in earlier chapters, presents an overarching story — a metanarrative about the world and everyone in it from the perspective of a sovereign God and his plan for the world. Though the Bible is not a book of science, it is not against science either. The relationship of science to the Bible is similar to the relationship between photography and the study of history. Just as science helps clarify our observations of nature, photography enables accurate pictures to be made. Accuracy does help tell better stories, but photographs themselves are not the story, nor are they the only or best way of telling it…
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